New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium

Committed to Quality Osteopathic Postdoctoral Education
ISSUE 167                                                                                            July 13, 2018
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NYCOMEC Calendar
Board Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
de Seversky Mansion
NYIT-Old Wesbury Campus
Board Finance Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Coordinators' Assembly Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Terrace Room
de Seversky Mansion
NYIT-Old Wesbury Campus
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.
OMM Workshop
6:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
OMM Laboratory
Serota Academic Center
NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus
Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott
102-05 Ditmars Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY
Graduate Medical Education Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m.
de Seversky Mansion
NYIT-Old Westbury Campus
Academic Council Meeting
8:30 a.m.
de Seversky Mansion
NYIT-Old Westbury Campus
Faculty Development Program: Patient Simulation in GME Programs
10:10 a.m.
de Seversky Mansion
NYIT-Old Westbury Campus
Annual Membership Meeting
8:20 a.m.
Location TBA.
Annual Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Location TBA.
NYCOMEC Blue Webinars
O.R. Webinar: Evidence Based Approach to Concussion Management

Hallie Zwibel, D.O.
7/18 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar:
Approach to Shoulder Pain in The Primary Care Setting

Phillip Cruz, D.O.

8/1 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic  Approach to the  Common Cold

Julie Thomas, D.O.
8/15 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic Treatment for Sinusitis and Rhinitis

Andrew Harbison, D.O.
8/29 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
O.R. Webinar: Osteopathic Considerations for the Infant

Susan Milani, D.O. 
9/12 /2018
12:0 0 noon EDT
NYCOMEC Mission Statement

To continually improve the quality and scope of graduate medical education within the continuum of osteopathic medical education. 

NYCOMEC News and Events
NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition Webinar Series
These webinars are for NYCOMEC Trainees, Faculty, Medical Staff, and NYITCOM and TouroCOM Students.

Evidence Based Approach to Concussion Management
July 18, 2018
12:00 noon
Hallie Zwibel, D.O.Assistant Professor, Family Medicine Department, and Director, Sports Medicine, NTIT College of Osteopathic Medicine - Old Westbury Campus
NYCOMEC Coordinators' Assembly Inaugural Meeting- Join Us!

Are you a program coordinator looking to collaborate with others in your field? Then consider a free membership in the NYCOMEC Coordinators' Assembly, where you have the opportunity to network with other GME support staff within our member institutions. As a member, you can:
  • Ask questions and share concerns in our online discussion forum;
  • Meet face-to-face with other members to form relationships;
  • Attend professional development workshops;
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills in the field.
Members are invited to attend our inaugural meeting on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion-Terrace Room, NYIT-Old Westbury Campus. We have an exciting and interactive itinerary planned for the day which will end with a meet-and-great lunch social.
If you would like to join the Coordinators' Assembly or know someone who would benefit from becoming a member, please email Stephanie LaBarbera, M.H.A., Manager, Trainee Services or call her at 516-686-3952.
OMM Workshop for Trainees and Faculty
An OMM Workshop, taught by the NYITCOM's Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and designed for NYCOMEC's trainees and faculty, will take place on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the OMM laboratory located on the first floor in Serota Academic Center, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury Campus.
The workshop will be open to all AOA and ACGME trainees at your hospital, however, the registrant must have a working knowledge of osteopathic manipulative medicine. During the workshop, trainees will work and learn together with program directors and faculty (DO's & MD's).
Preregistration is required . Due to limited space please register by Wednesday, Aug ust 15, 2018. Dinner will be provided starting at 5:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Program: Patient Simulation in GME Programs

Patient Simulation in GME Programs
Presenter: Paula Ryo, D.O., Assistant Professor & Chief, Virtual Medicine, Institute for Clinical Competence, Academic Affairs, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
10:00 a.m.

If you have any questions, please call 516-686-3730.
Scholarly Activity Opportunities for Faculty  - Join Our Speakers Bureau

Faculty who join NYCOMEC's Speakers Bureau may achieve scholarly activity by serving as a presenter  at one of our member institution's Grand Rounds, s ymposiums or other clinical conferences.  To join the Speakers Bureau, please complete NYCOMEC's Speaker Bureau Form and  email it, along with your CV, to Sharon Player.  

Need Speakers for Your Next Grand Rounds?
The NYCOMEC Speakers Bureau offers a comprehensive list of presenters and topics for our member institutions' Grand Rounds or other hospital-based educational events.  To schedule a speaker to present at your organization's event, please email Sharon Player or call her at 516-686-1283
NYCOMEC's GME Toolbox Updated

NYCOMEC's  GME Toolbox is designed to provide your Graduate Medical Education (GME) Department with tools and useful links they need to assist them with their jobs. You can access it by going to then look under Resources. It has three main sections:
  • Toolbox Resources: provides access to:
  • Specialties: a web page offering links to the ACGME specialty specific information (Program Requirements, FAQs, Subspecialties, Milestones & Contact Information), AOA Board Certification & ABMS Board Certification to 28 specialties.
To access it, please call our offices at (516) 686-3730 for the password and then click here. Please let us know if you feel anything else should be added.
NYCOMEC Blue OR Webinars Newly Archived

The NYCOMEC Blue Osteopathic Recognition (OR) Webinar Series continues to have great success as trainees, faculty and staff at our member institutions show a great interest in the osteopathic principles and practice. The OR webinars are archived on the NYCOMEC website. If you would like to view again one or more of these webinars or have missed a previous webinar, please contact the NYCOMEC offices at  (516) 686-3730 for access information. 

We are always looking for more presenters for our webinars.  If you are interested in presenting a topic, you are welcome to contact our offices at  (516) 686-3730 to schedule a webinar. Conducting a presentation counts towards scholarly activity requirements.

The following webinars are newly archived:

February 28, 2018 -  Osteopathic Approach to Neck Pain, conducted by Mary Banihashem, D.O., Program Director, OMM Department, TouroCOM-Harlem Campus;

March 14, 2018 -  Hands-on Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury: a Paradigm for OMT & the Injured Patient?, presented by Gerard Baltazar, D.O., Associate Director, and Fellowship Program Director, Surgical Critical Care, St. Barnabas Hospital;

March 28, 2018 -   Osteopathic Approach to Lower Back Pain, conducted by George Cheriyan, D.O., Assistant Professor, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus; 

April 11, 2018 -  Revisiting Somatic Dysfunction in Clinical Practice, conducted by Mikhail Volokitin, D.O., Assistant Professor, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department, TouroCOM-Harlem;

April 25, 2018 -  OMM and the Chronic Pain Patient, presented by Matthew Hayes, D.O., Associate Professor, Family Medicine Department, NYITCOM-Old Westbury Campus;

May 9, 2018 -  Osteopathic Approach to Palliative Care conducted by Alan Roth, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Medical Education, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center;

June 20, 2018 -  Sub-Occipital Release, presented by Anuj Vohra, D.O., Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Department, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown. 

Please click  here  for the schedule of upcoming webinars.
ACGME Updates
ACGME Common Program Requirements

The ACGME Board approved a major revision of the ACGME Common Program Requirements for Residencies and a new version of the Common Program Requirements for Fellowships, both of which are effective July 1, 2019. They are accompanied by Implementation Guides for Sections I-V (for  residencies and fellowships) which identify requirements that will not be subject to citation for an additional year to permit programs sufficient time to implement changes required to comply with those requirements.

To read more, please click here.
ACGME Coordinator Advisory Group Seeks New Members

The ACGME's Coordinator Advisory Group, which serves as  a consultative body to the ACGME administration concerning coordinators, graduate medical education, learning environment, and accreditation matters, is currently accepting member nominations. Program and institutional coordinators who have a minimum of five years experience and are listed as the coordinator in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) are eligible. The deadline for accepting applications is August 15, 2018.

For more information, review  the Advisory Group Charge.
AOA-Certified Physicians Can Now Be Program Directors for ACGME Residencies in All Specialties

A recent update to ACGME's common program requirements specifies that AOA board certification is acceptable for faculty and program directors serving in any ACGME program. Read  more
WebADS Updates

Annual Update for Programs Scheduled
The ADS 2018-2019 Academic Year Annual Updates are occurring between July and September 2018. All required data must be reported on or before your program's scheduled deadline. Each program will receive an initial notification e-mail from ADS at the beginning of the reporting time frame, noting all Annual Update requirements. Email questions to .

Year-End Case Log Data Verification Deadline for Graduating Residents and Fellows
Programs in specialties that use the ACGME Case Log System must verify data for their 2017-2018 graduates. Detailed instructions are available in the Case Log User Guide located in the program's Case Log Reference Material section. The verification deadline for each specialty will be displayed in the Important Dates section.
Year-end Case Log verification deadlines are also available through the ADS public site or the ADS-International public site, under Specialty Case Log Information Report.  E-mail questions to
CLER Blackout Dates

Reminder: July 27, 2018 is the deadline to submit a blackout request for CLER visits for between September and December 2018.

Be advised that the CLER Program will avoid scheduling site visits on September 3, 2018 (Labor Day), November 22-23, 2018 (Thanksgiving), and the week of December 24-28, 2018.
E-mail questions to Joshua Miron.
Self-Study and 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit Updates

The Department of Field Activities has made updates to the ACGME Self-Study and the Site Visit web pages.
The most significant change entails transitioning to a single form for the Self-Study Summary. In addition, there were minor revisions to the Summary of Achievements. All core and subspecialty programs will now use the same Self-Study Summary form. Programs that already completed earlier versions of the Self-Study Summary or the Summary of Achievements can still upload those forms into ADS.
The feedback form sent to programs after the 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit has been shortened to reduce redundancy and enhance value.
E-mail questions to Associate Director, Field Activities  Andrea Chow.
Site Visit FAQ Updates
The Site Visit FAQs have been updated, including information about the Self-Study and the 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit.
E-mail questions to Associate Director, Field Activities  Andrea Chow .
Review Committee Updates

Transitional Year Committee
Request for Initial Comment
The deadline for submitting comments about the overall purpose and benefit of transitional year programs, as well as recommendations for requirement changes is July 31, 2018. You may submit your input by using  this form . The form can be completed anonymously, and responses can be saved to make future edits or revisions.  E-mail questions to Executive Director Cheryl Gross .
For Your Information
Webinar: The Single GME Accreditation System & 2019 Residency Match

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, AACOM hosted an  informational webinar for students and faculty advisors on the graduate medical education (GME) single accreditation system (SAS) and with a focus on the 2019 residency match process. 

Access the webinar here. To read more, please click here.
Call for Abstracts for AACOM Annual Conference 2019

 AACOM is seeking abstracts for a chance to present at its national osteopathic medical education event, Educating Leaders 2019, which takes place April 10-13, 2019 in Washington, DC. AACOM is accepting  two types of abstracts: research abstracts and current/best practices. Both types will be eligible for publication in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).  

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2018 and selected presenters will be notified in November 2018. Read more.  
New Funding Opportunity Available through APTR

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) announced a new funding opportunity available through a cooperative agreement between APTR and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for one award up to $120,000 (minimum $50,000) to develop case studies and supporting content in communication, leadership, and problem-solving for population health.

For more information and to submit an application, please click here.
Changes to COMLEX-USA Level 3 Examination to Begin in September 2018 

As part of enhancing the COMLEX-USA examination series, a new COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint  is being implemented, beginning with COMLEX-USA Level 3 in September 2018, and following in Levels 1 and 2 in 2019.

Scheduling for the two-day Level 3 examination began on March 16, 2018. To view the Level 3 examination dates, please  click here.

Information and resources are available
The  NBOME website contains information on the transition to the new COMLEX-USA blueprint. Other website resources include   changes to Level 3 frequently asked questions (FAQs), the   bulletin of information and  Level 3 practice examinations. A recorded webinar for residency program directors is also available. 
Upcoming Webinar: Integrating Research into Osteopathic Clinical Practice

Date:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018 
Time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter:  Kimberly Wolf, D.O., FACOP, FAAP

This webinar will help clinical practitioners introduce more research with osteopathic orientation into their practice. It will serve as a resource for those in academic medicine, including those who work closely with programs with osteopathic recognition.

$3,000 Scholarship Available to Medical Students

SingleCare, a medical discount broker, is offering a  $3,000 scholarship to one medical or pharmacy school student for its Fall 2018 Scholarship Promotion. Applicants must submit a 500-800 word essay that answers the following questions:
  • What has led you to where you are now?
  • What has been your number one motivation for completing your chosen medical program?
  • What does your ideal career look like?
  • If you were to look 30 years into the future, what would you like to have accomplished?
The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018; winners will be announced on August 8.

For more details and to apply, click  here.
Commendation Corner
ORMC Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite
Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesĀ®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. Orange Regional earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the  diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

To read more, please click here.
CRMC Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesĀ®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to ensuring  stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To read more, please click here.